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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maro Itoje's great catch and powerful don't argue on Julien Bardy

Saracens put in a brave performance against French powerhouse Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-final. Epitomising the English club's desire was monster forward Maro Itoje, who brushed aside Clermont openside Julien Bardy whilst on a powerful surge. MORE »

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

Toulon defeated Leinster 25-20 in the second semi-final of the European Champions Cup this weekend, but they only achieved victory in extra time, and were forced to play 10 minutes of the added period with only 14 men as former All Black, Ali Williams, was yellow carded for his challenge in the air on Devin Toner. MORE »

Friday, April 24, 2015

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior received his marching orders in the first half of the round 11 Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs earlier today. Prior was shown a straight red card, so will face a disciplinary hearing, charged with Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground. MORE »

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Dave Hodges HUGE hit against Japan in 2003

Last Friday marked exactly five months until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In what is predicted to be one of the most fiercely competitive tournaments for years, World Rugby have dived into the archives to remind us just why the RWC gets the adrenaline flowing. MORE »

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jocelino Suta penalised for MMA style chokehold on Richardt Strauss

Toulon second rower Jocelino Suta may consider himself lucky not to have seen a card for his wrestling inspired stranglehold on Leinster hooker, Richardt Strauss, in the eventful European Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday. Many people have voiced their displeasure with the event, so you can watch the incredible footage here and decide for yourself. MORE »

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Huge Hit From Peter Kimlin Leaves Leigh Halfpenny with more injury woe

Grenoble welcomed the current European Champions, Toulon, to the Stade des Alpes for a Top 14 clash this past weekend. This big tackle that Australian flanker Peter Kimlin put on Leigh Halfpenny was far from welcoming however. MORE »

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mark Richards KO'd after colliding with the shoulder of Willem Alberts

Making his debut for the Lions in Round 9 of Super Rugby this weekend, winger Mark Richards' evening ended early when he was left unconscious after taking a heavy knock from the Sharks' flanker, Willem Alberts. MORE »

Friday, April 10, 2015

Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

Highlanders co-captain Nasi Manu signed recently for Scottish side Edinburgh, and will join them at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season in July. To go with the signing, we've pulled out this massive hit he made when just a schoolboy years back in New Zealand. MORE »

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

James Horwill red carded and suspended for one week for forearm hit

Earlier this week Reds lock James Horwill was banned for a week following the red card he received against the Melbourne Rebels in Round 8 of Super Rugby. You can view the full disciplinary statement, and a video of the incident, below. MORE »

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Jean Deysel suspended for seven weeks for kneeing Crusaders player

Sharks flanker Jean Deysel has been banned for 7 weeks following the red card he received in the 52-10 defeat to the Crusaders on Saturday. In an interesting twist, his off-field family trauma have been taken into account as mitagating factors for the knee to the head. MORE »

Friday, April 03, 2015

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

The Hurricanes got the better of the Stormers in their Super Rugby round 8 match in Wellington earlier today. Despite a one sided first half, the Stormers came back in the second, but couldn't quite get the win, going down 25-20. It was a hard-fought game, at times physically intense, as can be seen here when Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth came to grips, and played a game of slapsies, smiles and all. MORE »

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been banned for 8 weeks following the incident that took place in the Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster and Cardiff Blues at the weekend. Patchell was knocked out as a result, so a citing and hearing followed, with all details below. MORE »

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

In a particularly brutal and controversy filled Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs, Francois Steyn was red-carded for an illegal tackle on fly-half Aaron Cruden. The rulings that followed have been quite puzzling to say the least. MORE »

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been cited for striking Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell during their Guinness Pro12 match in Belfast on Friday. Williams was yellow carded, but many have been angered by the incident, feeling it should have been red. MORE »

Monday, March 30, 2015

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Northampton Saints winger George North received another blow to the head that has resulted in concussion and more concern about his long term playing career. The incident happened as he scored in Saints' 52-30 victory over Wasps on Friday. MORE »

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

In what was a farcical first half in the rain of Durban, three players were red carded within twenty minutes as the Sharks and the Chiefs played out a tense Super Rugby round 6 contest. Arguably the worst of the three was this uncalled for kick to the face, that resulted in a month ban. MORE »

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

France number ten Jules Plisson was left wondering who had allowed a runaway bull into Twickenham on Saturday, only to return from a world of pain to realise it was England second row Courtney Lawes who had thumped him to the ground. MORE »

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mathieu Bastareaud's physical impact on the 2015 Six Nations so far

There is no doubt that when you're 6ft tall and weigh 18 stone, you are going to make an impression on the midfield. French centre Mathieu Bastareaud has done just that during this year's Championship, so here is a quick look at some of his best moments. MORE »

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

There was some outstanding tackling taking place in the Six Nations over the weekend. Here is a look at six of the best, as put together by the official RBS 6 Nations youtube channel. Note that the music, while taste is subjective, is pretty horrific, so you might want to mute it. MORE »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

It has been an eventful few days for Kiwi forwards, as three were suspended following striking and punching incidents in round two of Super Rugby. Owen Franks, Kane Hames and Hayden Triggs will all be out of action for a few weeks. MORE »

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